pesto made from wilting basil |

What to do with wilting Basil?

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So a few weeks ago, I went to the Farmer’s Market a couple days before leaving for a trip.  I didn’t really need any fresh food, but one vendor was selling giant bunches of basil for like no money, so I went ahead and got it anyway.  I discovered why it was so cheap the next morning when I woke up to super wilted basil.  Rather than waste it, I acted fast and made pesto.  I didn’t have any pine nuts, but some old marcona almonds did the trick just fine.

I could have frozen the pesto like usual, but I decided to use it instead.

pesto made from wilting basil |


I also had a red pepper and a bunch of little tomatoes that I needed to use, so I sauteed those over very high heat, high enough to get delicious little burn marks on them in a large pan.  After removing those from the fridge, I had literally no fruit, vegetables, or dairy left.  I guess that’s a good thing before a trip!

I made regular old whole wheat pasta, drained it, and dumped it in the saute pan with the veggies.  Add the pesto and suddenly it becomes a lovely dinner!

Sooooo… this post was really short.  I have nothing else to say on this topic.  Awkward.

Pasta with pesto and vegetables

Yield: 1 serving


  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pasta, cooked
  • 1/4 cup pesto, preferably homemade
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 container cherry tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Saute the pepper and tomatoes over high heat in the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Toss vegetables with pasta and pesto, top with cheese.

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